Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a Corolla for a short period of time. The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own.
It may be one of the busiest times of the year, but sometimes you really need a weekend away. No plans. No schedule. Just a quick trip with my husband to the little town of Dahlonega for a weekend of easy exploring. We hopped into the cutest little white Corolla, turned on our favorite Christmas playlist, and set off for a relaxing weekend away. Being able to play your favorite music over Bluetooth is basically the best, I get so tired of the radio and their commercials. By the way, you’d be surprised just how much you can pack into the trunk of this car! As a chronic over-packer, I’ve always got an extra bag (or two). Stephen had no problem packing everything in the trunk for our trip.
We drove to Dahlonega after work on Friday and dropped our bags off at The Smith House before walking down to the square to find dinner. After dinner, we walked an extra lap around the square to look at all the Christmas lights. On Saturday we walked back to the town square in search of breakfast before setting off to explore the rest of Dahlonega. We ate a hearty, southern breakfast, and visited the Dahlonega Gold Museum before we drove out to check out the mountain views just outside of town.
We were so grateful to be driving up through the mountains in this Corolla. It had no trouble handling the crazy curves and elevation changes while we explored. My favorite feature might have been the backup camera, though. Talk about a really great feature for your vehicle! I was so much more comfortable backing out of the overlook parking (and those tight parking spots on the square). On our way back to town we took a detour to the Consolidated Gold Mines, where we panned for gold & gems, and took a tour of the old mines. If you have the chance to tour an old gold mine, definitely consider it. It’s really fascinating to hear about the history of those underground mines.
This quick trip was just what we needed: a break from the hustle & bustle of the season. Countless cups of coffee were consumed, we listened to some seriously good live bluegrass, and we came home stocked up on dark chocolate fudge and pralines.